Indonesia has envoy for religious unity
JAKARTA • President Joko Widodo has appointed religious scholar Professor Muhammad Sirajuddin "Din" Syamsuddin, the former chairman of Indonesia's second-largest Islamic organisation Muhammadiyah, as a special envoy for religious harmony.
Speaking at the State Palace in Jakarta on Monday, Mr Joko said the new envoy would work to improve religious harmony through inter-religious dialogues and joint works, and share the invaluable lesson of Indonesia's religious harmony at events abroad.
THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
Petroleum coke banned in New Delhi
NEW DELHI • India's top court yesterday banned the use of petroleum coke, a dirtier alternative to coal, in and around New Delhi in a bid to clean the air in one of the world's most polluted cities.
The court also banned the sale and use of furnace oil in and around the capital and ordered the implementation of strict emission norms by the end of December.
Seoul to restart work on nuke reactors
SEOUL • South Korea's Energy Ministry yesterday said work will begin as soon as possible to restart the suspended construction of two new nuclear reactors.
The decision was taken after a public opinion survey found a majority of South Koreans backed the projects.